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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful production paired with a classic story.

  • By Matt on 12-03-18

A radio style drama is very fitting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Since this is based off of the musical, it finds a very natural home as a radio drama. Imagine the musical, but with the story fleshed out, foley sounds and instrumental music added and that is what you get. The cast performs brilliantly in telling the story with the music and sound effects. The music itself is very recognizable to fans of the musical- there are classic themes such as the Eve of the War, Forever Autumn and the Spirit of Man woven throughout. There is a slight update/difference to the music, for instance- Thunder Child's theme now includes some subtle (?!) dub-step, which actually fits very well and tastefully within the music, the Spirit of Man has a brass horn rendition that is very emotional, and many other classic themes have wonderful additions/differences, and yet still remain very recognizable.

All in all this is an excellent rendition of the story with Jeff Wayne's oversight keeping it on track. I think it would work on it's it's own without prior knowledge of the musical, as it is very fittingly told as a radio style drama, but I will be interested to see the reviews of people who have no experience with the musical.

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  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really Really REALLY going to miss Terry Pratchett

  • By Ruby on 09-05-15

Bittersweet goodbye

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

As the last Discworld book the late Sir Terry Pratchett wrote, I knew that listening to the book would have some bittersweet quality to it. However the story itself is great and it even give a subtle goodbye from Terry, who at this point in his life knew what was coming. He spoke through the character of Granny Weatherwax, and then what happens after a certain event is told as the main story. As is usual for discworld novels; nothing turns out quite like you expect. That is a reflection of life however, and you leave feeling satisfied. The ending seemed kind of rushed to me, I feel like much more could have been written about the young man, still, it served the purpose of ending the story, and maybe this is just me not wanting to let go.

Stephen Briggs does a great job narrating all the different characters as usual, and I have come to expect his voice when I listen to discworld books.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,682

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

A thoroughly ridiculously briliant plot.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-17

The plot of this book is ridiculous. Yet with each more ridiculous plot twist, there are explanations that serve to keep it on the brilliant side of ridiculous, and to keep you reading/listening.

Wil Wheaton does an excellent job as a narrator, and serves to bring the characters to life with the style of someone who is also a geek.

  • The Ghost Army of World War II

  • How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery
  • By: Rick Beyer, Elizabeth Sayles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs - including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey - landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been better I'm affraid

  • By Daniel on 08-04-16

Excellent Testimonial Based View of the Ghost Army

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

What did you love best about The Ghost Army of World War II?

The book is well written and narrated, and I liked it a lot. The writing by Rick Bayer and Elizabeth Sayles is excellent in the way that it uses short doses of narration mixed with quotations from various sources, including testimonies from the people involved in order to keep the text interesting. The narrator Tom Stechschulte did a great job putting a very WWII sounding G. I. accent to the voices of the people involved, and brought the writing to life with his voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghost Army of World War II?

The two unit members who were measuring signs, and got interrupted by an officer asking them what they were doing, which turned into a rant about army bureaucracy when hearing the made up explanation. I guess it was believable to that officer!

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Tom Stechschulte's other performances to my knowledge, but I will be looking now.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud at the rant about army bureaucracy by the officer.

The entire book also made me think of my Grandfather, who I would talk to for hours about his experiences in the war. The book bears no relation to his experiences other than being about the same war.

Any additional comments?

I think the people involved in the Ghost Army should have gotten way more recognition for their efforts. The Ghost Army is something I am glad I know about and I am impressed at the scale of effort put into deception by the unit during WWII as well as the methods used. It also inspires me to research whether there were any British equivalents to the unit.